Music review by Luchae Williams
Renowned worship leader, Chris Tomlin, released his latest Christmas offering in October 2015, titled ‘Adore: Christmas Songs of Worship.” Unlike more traditional Christmas albums, Tomlin’s passion for worship is fused with the theme of the birth of Jesus, to bring listeners to a deeper revelation of the nativity story and the power behind it. With a collection of beautifully written original Christmas anthems, and a few carols in tow, I found it to be very congregation friendly. This live album also features guest performances by Christian rock artist, Crowder, and the Dove award winning newbie, Lauren Daigle.
I was so moved by all the Christmas worship originals that were penned for this album. Opening track, ‘Forever more‘, for example, which was penned by Matt Maher and Tomlin, lauds Jesus as King of kings and Lord of lords. With a chorus that simply says: “He shall reign forever more!” it is clear that Tomlin wants to keep this album focused on the reason and not the season.
The same can be said for title track, ‘Adore‘, which is a cover of the Martin Chalk classic. This track is almost like a spinoff from the Christmas favorite ‘Oh come all ye faithful’ and also features a hook that sings: “Oh come let us adore Him!” This is such a beautiful, reflective, worship song and fits perfectly on this album.
One of my favorite songs on the album features chart topping newcomer, Lauren Daigle. This ballad, titled ‘Noel‘, is dynamite! With the likes of Ed Cash, Tomlin and Matt Redman behind the penning and producing of the song, Daigle’s vocals are a perfect fit to the potent lyric. In her soaring alto she belts: “Noel!/Noel!/Come and see what God has done!” This is one to look out for!
Christmas classics such as ‘Silent night‘ and ‘What child is this‘ (featuring All Sons and Daughters) also find place on the album and I loved the easy arrangement and simplified way it was done. This is what carols are all about!
The album is closed with another original track called ‘A Christmas Alleluia‘ which features Tomlin on lead and Daigle and singer, Leslie Jordan, backing him. It is best described as a Christmas anthem and is another one of those worship songs that would do well on Sunday morning set lists. As always, the lyric speaks about the miracle of Christ’s birth and how He is deserving of the highest praise.
It is so refreshing to find a Christmas album that veers away from the styles of most traditional Christmas CDs. The songs, although new, are quick to learn and their melodies soon become familiar friends. I found it easy to enter into a time of sweet worship as I remembered the miracle of Christ’s birth and the sacrifice of His life on the cross.
Merry Christmas to you and your family!
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